Updated CBP document on entry types by PGA – shows FTZ flexibility

cbp entry type pgaOn July 18th, 2017 CBP posted the recently updated ‘Entry Types by PGA’ document.  This document advises the trade which CBP entry type codes will require Partner Government Agency data, and when; either at cargo release, summary or other.

The majority of PGA’s require that their PGA Message Set be sent at the time of Entry (Cargo Release).

However, with the implementation of ACE, and based on feedback from the Trade, some flexibility has been provided for Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) entries.  For instance, with FTZ for Vehicles & Equipment regulated by the EPA, filers have the option of filing the EPA message set at the time of filing the type 06 Entry (Cargo Release) or, if utilizing the weekly entry process, they can send it at the time of transmitting the Entry Summary.

CBP Trade Event – Status of Broker Regs and New Exam Webinar July 26th @ 2:30 EST!

cbp trade eventsJust announced this afternoon!  WEBINAR TIME CONFIRMED 2:30 EST!!

CBP, Broker Management is hosting an online webinar on Wednesday, July 26th, entiled “ORR Broker Regulations and BMB Brokers Exam Webinar”.  This is a must attend to learn, firsthand, about proposed changes to the broker regulations as well as the already announced changes to the Customs broker exam process.

Following is today’s email announcement from the NCBFAA, with links to the registration…

On Wednesday, July 26, the Office of Regulations and Rulings will be presenting on the status and process of broker related regulations, the NPRM for 19 CFR 111 and TFTEA 116 and the effect of Executive Order on the regulatory process.

Broker Management Branch will speak to the October 2017 Customs Broker exam, which will be the first automated delivery.

To register for this event, please click here.

If you need to cancel your registration, please click here.

Newly published guidance from FSIS for meat, poultry and egg products


On July 7th the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published guidance for Importing Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products into the United States.  FSIS is the public health regulatory agency responsible for ensuring that domestic and imported meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

The document includes information on the requirements for importing these types of products including:

  • Products must originate from eligible countries and from establishments or plants that are certified to export to the United States.
  • Each consignment must have an electronic inspection certification or a paper inspection certificate issued by an authorized official of the foreign government agency responsible for the inspection and certification of the product.
  • All imported shipments of meat, poultry, and egg products must be presented to FSIS for inspection and the importer, or their authorized agent, must apply for FSIS inspection of imported product prior to the cargo arriving in the U.S.  This is done by either submitting the paper FSIS Form 9540-1 (Import Inspection Application) to the FSIS inspection personnel in the a designated official import inspection establishment; or the electronic application data (Partner Government Agency (PGA) Message Set) into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).
  • If an importer fails to present their cargo from immediate inspection FSIS will request, through CBP, a redelivery of the shipment and appropriate penalties.  The shipment will be deemed ineligible for FSIS inspection and, depending on the shipment status, it may be either destroyed or returned to the country of origin.

CustomsNow’s ABI software can submit the FSISA PGA data set in order to meet their prior notice requirement.  Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.

Changes announced to the Customs broker exam process!

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On June 30, 2017, CBP published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding the customs broker exam process.  Previously CBP had published a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to modernize the customs broker’s examination provisions which is now made final. Specifically, CBP proposed amending the customs broker’s examination provisions, which are contained in 19 CFR part 111, to permit automation of the examination.

From now on the exam will be all-electronic with benefits to both CBP and the trade, such as a faster processing time, which lets examinees know their results more quickly and efficiently, and a significant reduction in administrative duties for CBP employees.

Additionally, the twice-yearly exams will now take place on fourth Wednesday in October and April.

However, as the electronic exam uses all private facilities with professional proctors, this automated method will be more expensive than the paper exam. Therefore, the fee will increase from $200 to $390.

The new efficiencies gained will be worth the extra money, we think.  Read more from CBP here.  Review sample exam here.

Lost your tariff number? Wondered the status of GSP? Read on…



On June 29th CBP published CSMS message no. 17-000381 announcing the availability of Harmonized System Update (HSU) 1704, which went into effect on July 1, 2017.

This USHTS update contains modifications mandated by the 484 F Committee (the Committee for Statistical Annotation of Tariff Schedules), adjustments to several Participating Government Agency (PGA) indicators, and staged rate duty reductions as a result of Presidential Proclamation 9466 (to Implement the World Trade Organization Declaration on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products and For Other Purposes).

The modified records are available to all ABI participants and can be retrieved electronically via the procedures indicated in the CATAIR.  CustomsNow clients have the ability to review the HTS numbers that are valid on/after July 1st and mass update their product classifications accordingly.  The official HTS 2017 and update change record can be viewed at the USITC website.

In addition to these updates, CBP advised that as of its publication, the latest GSP proclamation had not been signed.  CBP is expecting the proclamation to have a July 1st effective date as well, but due to recent differences between the draft documentation and the final legislation, CBP was unable to make the necessary modifications until the proclamation is official.  Once it has been signed, CBP will begin updating the system. When the changes have been completed another HTS update will be created and the associated CSMS message will be posted.